Keri and Dan’s July wedding has gotten so much love this year! It was first featured on Wedding Chicks, then shared by Engaged&Inspired as Keri was a blogger bride for E&I, and now….the beautiful NJ wedding has been featured by Un-Jersey Bride!! Thank you Feuza and Mary for showing off all of Keri’s hard work and beautiful details! :)
I am absolutely in love with Erik and Maggie’s wedding! Gorgeous colors, perfect details, a beautiful venue, and a beautiful couple! Their ceremony took place at Hillside Church in Succasunna, NJ, and the reception took place at the Farmstead Golf & Country Club in Lafayette, NJ. I had so much fun working alongside L.C. Allison Photography for this wedding! :)
I was a little obsessed with this table runner…
Maggie, you were such a STUNNING bride!!
Love love love all the awesome old books and burlap rustic details that Maggie arranged!
Obsessed with this bouquet!
How awesome is their birch tree cake?! I am swooning over this decor!
Oh reflective lighting, you make me happy!
They are just so darn cute! :)
Bahaha!! Favorite picture ever! :)
A couple of times a year, I have the privilege of working alongside some of my lovely photographer friends as a second photographer. During this wedding, I got to work with L.C. Allison Photography. Lauren and I have known each other for years and we both started shooting weddings at the same time. In fact, most of our first year we shot every single wedding together! It was so much fun to join her again on such a beautiful wedding day! Congratulations to MJ & Mary!! :)
WOW. It is 2013.
2012, you’ve been amazing! I can’t believe how much has changed in just one year! My husband and I are so thankful for all that we were able to do together this year, including: a trip to an all-inclusive resort in Mexico with my family, adopting two of the cutest little kittens ever, enjoying waaaaay too many amazing meals together in both Brooklyn and Manhattan, traveling to visit family and friends, and even traveling for several weddings (including one in Boston!). Christopher has been an amazing supporter of my business this year. He’s been there for the midnight cry sessions (which tend to come after analyzing my to-do list), he’s been my cheerleader (especially after I finish stalking some amazing photographer’s blog and feel like I’m nothing but this), and he’s even been my second photographer at multiple weddings (after being properly trained of course!). Turns out, he loves it! So, you may be seeing much more of Christopher’s creative eye in 2013…woo hoo! :)
This has been an amazing year for my business as well. I’ve made so many new friends – including some of the best clients a girl could dream of, some of the best photographers, and some of the best wedding professionals in the north east! So, before we get too far into 2013, I thought we could take one more look back at all the gorgeous weddings I had the honor of photographing this year. Words cannot express how thankful I am for the incredible couples I got to meet this year. Thank you for inviting me to one of the most special days of your lives and for making me feel like your BFF4Eva (instead of just the hired help!). You have all made me feel like the happiest girl alive!
Speaking of amazing couples, let’s start this “Best of” post with some of my favorite images of the BRIDES AND GROOMS…
And a wedding wouldn’t be complete without all the amazing DETAILS…
I love, love, love my one-on-one time with the bride! We get to laugh, catch up, and take fabulous BRIDAL PORTRAITS!
Let’s not forget all the amazing supporting players…the WEDDING PARTY!
And last, but definitely not least, my favorite moments…THE REAL MOMENTS!
2013, you’ve got some big shoes to fill! :)
I just received the most adorable thank you card from David and Allison! You may remember their gorgeous navy and yellow wedding from this past August. Yea, the one with the awesome foam fingers! Check out their super cute thank you card from Wedding Paper Divas, and the sweetest note ever that has me smiling from ear to ear!
It’s my favorite time of year!
I also learned a few more things about myself…like, I bear an uncanny resemblance to Big Foot.
True story, I didn’t know that man (on the bench) was sitting there watching us until I saw this BTS shot. #lifethroughaviewfinder
I’m an expert fake-eyelash fixer! You can tell by how seriously I am focusing.
Oh, another thing I’ve learned is that I was right in my life-choice to remain BEHIND the camera, and not in front of it.
My husband and incredible second shooter also wants to be a super model. Work that
I can get away with this while I’m young, but the second I turn into a 60 year old man people will start calling the cops.
BTS Lesson #WhateverNumberI’mOn, I’m just not tall enough. I thought 5’9″ was pretty tall, but that’s just not the case when trying to create flattering angles!
And last, but certainly not the least scary, I leave you with this gem! Go ahead, try and enjoy your holidays now, I dare ya! :)
As a wedding photographer, it is easy to get wrapped up in wanting to offer every single type of product associated with weddings that a picture can go on. When I first started my business I wanted to offer everything under the sun including save-the-dates, invitations, thank-you cards, matching t-shirts (okay, that one is a lie), etc. But I was forgetting one important fact…I am a photographer, NOT A PRINTER. I was spending hours trying to create custom designs and make tons of options to please everybody, and I obviously had to charge a ton of money for them because of how much of my time they soaked up. It wasn’t fair to my clients, and it wasn’t fair to me. Thankfully, I now have a great site that I send my clients to that provides an option for everyone AND at great prices – Wedding Paper Divas! They have adorable designs, with and without pictures, that are totally customizable.
In honor of “engagement season” I thought I would share my top 5 favorite save-the-date cards! I even plugged in my own engagement photos taken of some of my couples with 2013 weddings! Please let me know (email@example.com) if you will be placing any orders with Wedding Paper Divas – I might have something special for you! Hint: It may or may not be a discount code! :)
1. BOXED MESSAGE MAGNET: This is my favorite! And you can change the letters to white or fuchsia pink!
2. DIVINE DESTINATION MAGNET: No picture, but it’s SO CUTE! I had a hard time choosing between the yellow and teal!
3. WE THE WED CARD OR MAGNET: Simple and adorable. Lovely typography!
4. FLOATING FAIRYTALE CARD OR MAGNET: Love, love, love the typography!
Have you made your save-the-dates? Leave a link to a photo of yours in the comments so we can check it out! :)
So incredibly honored to see Keri’s wedding on Engaged & Inspired! Keri spent months blogging with Engaged & Inspired leading up to the wedding day. She shared her planning tips and inspiration with all of E&I’s readers! It is so fun seeing how it all came together after reading her posts. Thank you Allison for featuring Keri’s wedding day! :)
Remember my “Fall, In Love” session from earlier this fall? Well, our second place winners and I finally got together for their 30 minute session! Sara and Luis worked so hard getting almost 600 votes, and I am so thankful to them for seeing such value in my work! Without further ado, here are some of my favorites from their session (which also included their beautiful children Najah and Aiden!).
In honor of our small group’s recent mention on Jasmine Star’s blog, I thought I would share some more information for those of you who are interested in attending! You can also check out my first blog post about the group here. :)
1. It’s an AWESOME-FANTASTIC-OUTOFTHISWORLD type of group. Like, really really awesome.
2. We are focused on spiritual growth in God. You totally don’t have to have all of your spiritual beliefs figured out to come, but you should know that we talk about the Bible, what it means to be Christian and we spend time praying for each other.
3. We spend a lot of time relating to our similar business struggles, so at this time we think the meetings are most beneficial if you are a photographer (can be any type: weddings, portraits, children, family, etc!).
4. At each meeting we focus on one topic while sharing ways to have a better relationship with God, our communities, and each other. Some upcoming topics include:
- Trusting God in our Businesses
- Tithes & Finances: What does the Bible say?
- Marriage: Why Hollywood has it all wrong!
- Priorities: Seeing the Big Picture
- The Power of Your Words
- Strengths, Gifts from God, & Value in Work
We laugh, we cry, we grow spiritually, we learn from each other, and we inspire one another. I leave each week feeling wiser and happier! If you are interested in attending, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will make sure our wonderful group leader Caroline keeps you posted on upcoming meetings. We meet Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. at various cute NYC locations, but we need to make reservations in advance so give us a heads up if you are interested in coming!